Domain name dispute
Are you involved in a domain name or cybersquatting dispute? We can provide legal assistance to help you to recover the domain name (or defend the case) at reasonable cost. We don't charge "City rates"! And you don't pay at all for an initial chat.
Adam and his team at Adlex are total professionals in domain name disputes and internet law. They were recommended to us and I in turn have recommended them over and over again since our first work together. They took an incredibly difficult case, made something of it and got us the ultimate result we needed. We continue to work with Adlex protecting and acquiring our IP worldwide.
Matt Mansell, CEO, Domainmonster.com
Exenergy Ltd. became involved in a dispute when it discovered that its domain had been registered by the web designer in its own name rather than the company's. It was a complex case. It was only when the Expert ruled that it was not possible to come to a decision that I realised that specialist help was needed to lodge an appeal to gain control of this vital asset. I contacted Adlex who prepared the appeal and managed the process. It was enormously comforting to be in the hands of someone who knew exactly what to do. Adlex are clearly well-respected in this specialised field and the appeal process was conducted efficiently with the desired outcome. The Appeal Panel ruled that the registration was abusive and ordered it to be transferred to Exenergy. I wish that I had known of Adlex at the outset; it would have saved a lot of time and money. I recommend them without reservation.
Roger Leaver, former Managing Director of Exenergy Ltd
Adlex provides a fast, efficient and friendly service for our domain dispute resolution matters. I would definitely recommend their services to other brand-owners.
Julian Harris, Corporate Counsel, International Brand Management Limited (Sports Direct, Slazenger, Dunlop, Donnay, Everlast, Lonsdale)
We are a major organisation that tends to work with large law firms. When it comes to domain name disputes Adlex is our default choice and represents first class service and good value.
Harvey Kass, Legal Director, Associated Newspapers Limited
Not having been in the position before where we needed to seek to recover domain names which had been registered in bad faith by a third party, we felt we needed a specialist in this field. I was very impressed from start to finish with how Adam Taylor dealt with the matter which we instructed him on. From the first conversation I had with Adam, I was confident he could successfully act for us. His expertise proved invaluable in giving us the right advice which was always spot-on and, most importantly, got us the result we wanted. I would not hesitate to recommend his services - extremely professional all round.
Karen Houghton, Director of Legal Services, TalkTalk Technology, part of the TalkTalk Group
Adam Taylor at Adlex Solicitors convincingly helped us win in a domain name dispute against a UK competitor of ours. Adam's persistence in challenging evidence to ensure that our initial complaint and the subsequent responses were precise, to the point and had the strongest evidence possible was probably the main contributor to the win. We are grateful for his assistance and would not hesitate to engage him again or recommend him to others. He is very strong in protecting intellectual property.
Lars Nielsen, VP Commercial Operations, SMS PASSCODE A/S
Many thanks for all your hard work on this case - it is much appreciated. Further, I am convinced that your tenacious and unique knowledge of the internet was invaluable. I will not hesitate to recommend you in future.
Paul Chinnery, Head of Legal and Regulatory Compliance, Channel 5
I was a victim of a domain name hijacking case. One of my best ever business decisions was to instruct Adlex and they acted swiftly and professionally. They managed to secure the return of my business domain names. I am so grateful to Adam and his team and in my view he is leading lawyer in the field of domain and IT law. Adlex acted with honesty and integrity and I would have no hesitation to recommend them to clients and fellow professionals.
Adlex Solicitors handled the reclaiming of our domain names very smoothly and this saved me a lot of time and trouble. The service we received was very professional and in accordance with the strict time scale in which we wanted this completed. I would wholeheartedly recommend this company to anybody who has a domain name / internet issue. A job very well done, a thorough knowledge of the industry and the right team.
Beate Perry, Managing Director, Top Attractions Ltd
We were very happy with the service provided by Adlex in our domain recovery case. They were very efficient and prompt in providing advice and actioning our case. We would have no hesitation in recommending Adlex or Adam.
Robert Philpott, BombCosmetics.co.uk
We have been selling JumpKing trampolines for over 10 years and it was therefore quite a shock when the new owners of the JunpKing brand decided to use Nominet's Dispute Resolution Service to gain control of our domain name jumpking.co.uk. Adlex Solicitors helped us to retain our domain name, enabling us to continue selling JumpKing products in the UK. We were right to choose Adlex, a specialist law firm, instead of one of the large generalist law firms. Adam Taylor, with his deep knowledge of the trade mark and domain name law and the workings of Nominet's decision-making process, along with his attention to detail, clearly helped us to put together a very robust argument in our defence. Working with Adam was quite simply a pleasure.
Johl Garling, Jumpking.co.uk
I was the victim of a reverse domain name hijacking attempt by a powerful American Corporation.Adam's calm and pragmatic approach has meant that I've been able to keep what is a very valuable asset. Being involved in any sort of dispute can be very stressful. Adam helps to minimise this stress by doing what hesays he's going to do, replying to all emails in a timely fashion andalways beingavailable to talk on the phone. I would not hesitate to recommend Adlex Solicitors forany legal work relating to domain names and the internet.
Miguel Blanco, JobBoardScripts.com
We approached Adam due to his excellent reputation for handling website domain issues and for providing advice on associated intellectual property matters. His advice is clear and jargon free, and his knowledge of his field is impressive. As a small business owner, I prefer to work with professionals who have a no nonsense attitude. I am pleased that Adam fulfils this prerequisite, and can provide me with the advice that I need, when I need it. I look forward to working with him in the future.
Neil Evans, CompareCareHomes.com
We were the victim of a very unscrupulous family “friend” who registered our business domains for us in his own name.He put an exorbitant value on the domains and decided they were worth more to some other business than ours. I immediately contacted Adam of Adlex.He pulled out all the stops to ensure we had a full and proper submission to WIPO and Nominet within five days. This effectively secured our position which was essential as there is only one chance to get it right. The perpetrator was put severely on the back foot. Eventually Adam negotiated an economic solution which ensured we got the result we required with minimum stress and minimum cost to our business as was possible in this situation. Adam dealt with the whole matter himself and was professional, courteous and efficient from start to finish. Adam’s knowledge, contacts and experience in the world of internet made the whole process bearable in a time of stress.
Scott Evans, City Hotels (Dunfermline) Ltd
Specialists in domain dispute and legal issues
We are very familiar with domain recovery cases. Many of these are resolved though legal domain arbitration procedures designed to avoid the cost and delay of court.
Adam Taylor has adjudicated on approximately 200 domain name dispute cases as panellist / independent expert for a number of domain dispute arbitration bodies:
- Member of WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center's Domain Name Panel to arbitrate domain name disputes including under ICANN's Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) for gTLDs such as .com, .org, .net, .biz or .info.
- Independent Expert under Nominet Dispute Resolution Service (DRS) for .uk domain name disputes including Nominet's appeal panel.
- Member of WIPO list of neutrals for .ie domain name disputes.
- Czech Arbitration Court panellist to handle .eu domain name disputes.
We have acted for parties in hundreds of domain legal disputes including on behalf of some well known businesses. The following are examples of the many domain names recovered: channel5.com, bookings.eu, mailonsunday.com, missselfridge.com and goldentulip.org.
All cases are handled by an expert team including personal attention / supervision by a domain name panellist for less than the cost of a junior lawyer at a major firm. Our overheads are low and so our fees are highly competitive.
Our objective, as a domain name lawyer acting for trade mark owners, is to recover the domain name as quickly, simply and cost-effectively as possible without having to incur the costs of domain name recovery proceedings. Where such recovery cases are necessary, we have a very good idea of what it takes to succeed and how to avoid pitfalls - based on our experience in this area (including acting as a panellist / independent expert).
We have access to a range of investigative tools which can uncover patterns of misconduct including archive records. Such evidence is often the difference between winning and losing. In a recent case, a respondent claimed that it registered a domain name for its descriptive qualities and not to target our client. However, we uncovered another domain name connected with that respondent which mirrored that of another competitor in the same industry. The panellist cited that domain as the key factor evidencing bad faith. It can be difficult for lawyers not specialist in the area to know when / how / where to find that critical extra evidence.
Structuring pre-action correspondence correctly is also important, as what registrants do or do not say in response often supports the case.
We have the procedures, experience and resources to manage a high volume caseload. Our system includes: concise correspondence, diary procedures, template documents / evidence and regular client reports.
We sometimes act for registrants / respondents in domain name disputes who are accused of bad faith . From a respondent point of view, it's usually worth contesting the case only if there is a good defence and a satisfactory settlement can't be achieved with the complainant / trade mark owner.
Here is some more information about particular kinds of domain disputes:
- recovery of .uk domains via Nominet's DRS
- UDRP domain recovery (e.g. .com, .net, .org, .biz, .info etc.)
- the "new gTLDs"
- recovery of .eu domains
- recovery of domain names in other countries
- hijacked domains (i.e. stolen domain names)
Here are some FAQs about domain recovery generally.
We also offer a free initial opinion on your domain case.
How Adlex Solicitors can you help you...
For a free initial chat, call Adam Taylor of Adlex Solicitors on +44 (0) 207 317 8404 or email.